Aidy Bryant in “Shrill.”

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From Aidy Bryant in "Shrill" to Saturday's "Vax Live" concert special, here's what we're tuning into.
When COVID-19 travel restrictions hit, Jerry and Jan Paul bought a used RV to crisscross the American West.

Older Americans' pandemic purchases range from sensible to silly

May 5
Some spark delight, while others bring buyer's remorse.
Ursa Minor Brewing is just one of many restaurants around Duluth that have large outdoor patios set up to accommodate outdoor dining this spring and s

5 patios to kick off Duluth's outdoor dining season

May 5
Ease back into pandemic restaurant-going on these five patios.
Left to right: Busy Philipps as Summer, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Wickie, Sara Bareilles as Dawn, Paula Pell as Gloria.

New sitcom 'Girls5Eva,' a parody of girl groups, is what you really, really want

Former MTV staples ache for a comeback in this musical sitcom packed with zingers.
Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
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The 7 best movie moms are loving, sometimes flawed characters

May 5
The most memorable mothers on screen are just as varied and vivid as real-life ones.
After receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, Barbara Rawley and Dan Nordby were reunited with their Minnesota granddaughter.
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Vaccinated vacationers: Baby boomers who got the jab first were ready to roll

Older travelers have been the first to burst out of the gate as travel returns.
The Belfast Cowboys, photographed pre-pandemic, return to the state this week to promote a new album.

Minneapolis rockers Belfast Cowboys wrap quarantine with new album, $100k to charity

May 5
'One Magic Night' arrives Friday, same day as their inspirator Van Morrison's new LP.
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Big movies are back this summer in Minnesota, but big screens may not be

April 30
Most Twin Cities area theaters have reopened, but some remain closed and may not return.
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